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Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

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P.O. Box 204295
Austin, TX 78720

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Contact: Eric Harrelson, Screenwriting Director

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Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
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Objective

Every story has a beginning. Every realized dreamscape, every fantastic voyage, every intelligent android to ever appear on screen starts with blank page or a blinking cursor. Science fiction has always been about incredible possibilities and exploring the unknown, and what offers more opportunity than an empty page?

Other Worlds is dedicated to fostering and promoting creativity in Science Fiction at every stage of development, so we are proud to announce our annual SciFi Screenwriting Contest is now currently open and accepting submissions! The contest runs concurrently with the film program, and will award prizes for the top feature, short or teleplay.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early April 1, 2017 Features/TV/Shorts: $40/$35/$30
Regular July 31, 2017 Features/TV/Shorts:$50/$45/$35
Final September 30, 2017 Features/TV/Shorts: $70/$65/$45 7

Other Worlds Austin does not offer waivers under any circumstances. Our fees simply pay for the awards and the costs of running the contest (not eve). We understand the financial hardship of being a screenwriter and costs of submitting to competitions and have kept our fees low in order to allow the most number of entries as possible. We hope you can find it in your budget to submit your screenplay.

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Rules

Scripts must not have been produced, optioned or sold prior to December 1, 2016.

All entrants certify to the originality of the entered script, or in the case of Specs and Retro-Specs, the originality of their handling of the material. Entrants warrant there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission and that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead. Entrants fully indemnify Other Worlds Austin and its agents against any claim made for such violations of law.

Scripts must be works of Science Fiction, no horror or fantasy themed scripts will be considered. Hybrid genres (SciFi Horror ala Aliens/Event Horizon/etc.) are perfectly acceptable.

In the event of shared authorship, all writers will share prize money equally. It will be up to primary entrant to communicate all notices and divide all prize money with the other writers.

Entrants may submit more than one screenplay/teleplay in any chosen category, as well as enter different scripts in different categories. Each script entry requires a separate application and fee. All entries and payment must be made through the Festival Freeway website, no cash or check payment will be accepted.

Once an entry has been made, we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

All scripts will be judged as entered, no revisions will be accepted.

All scripts must be entered as .pdfs. No physical copies.

All scripts must be in English.

No supplementary material should be sent. No show bibles, treatments, or reality show formats will be accepted for the Teleplay competition.

Consulting can only be done on winning scripts. No substitutions.

By entering the script in the competition, the entrant is agreeing to all rules and regulations of the competition. Entrant agrees to hold Other Worlds Austin and its agents harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any script.

Entrant gives Other Worlds Austin the non-revokable right to use your name and the script title, synopsis, and short excerpt (no longer than 10 pages) in our marketing materials in perpetuity.

Please register your script. Although this is not a requirement, it is highly suggested. The only true protection for a writer in any dispute is a proper registration with the US Copyright Office, this is in addition to any registration with the WGA West or WGA East.

All decisions of the festival and its agents are final.

See website for additional guidelines.

Awards

$250 awarded to Category winners in all three categories (Features, Teleplays, and Shorts) PLUS an additional $250 for the Grand Prize Winner selected from all three.

Free copies of all five Save the Cat!® books for all Category Winners and Finalists.

Free copy of Save the Cat!® Story Structure Software 3.0: Structure your screenplay the Save the Cat!® Way for all Category Winners and Finalists.

Winner in Feature category will receive Save the Cat!® coverage for their single script, up to 120 pages in length.

Winners of Short and Teleplay categories will receive a one hour consultation from Save the Cat! ®

Winning Scripts will be announced the week after the Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival, December 7-10, 2017 with the Audience Awards and the Cthulhies in a national press release. Finalists will be announced in November.

All entries will receive feedback on their scripts at the conclusion of the Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival, December 7-10 2017, if desired. All feedback will be distributed by March of the following year at the latest.

NOTE: there must be at least 50 entries in a category to be awarded a prize. Categories w/ less than 50 entries may be combined w/ other categories when awarding prizes. However, a winning script will still be selected in each category (no matter the total entries).

Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 204295
Austin, TX 78720

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Eric Harrelson, Screenwriting Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
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Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 204295
Austin, TX 78720

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Eric Harrelson, Screenwriting Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Other Worlds Austin Presents THE MIDNIGHT SWIM

As part of its year 'round programming, Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is proud to announce the Austin premiere of THE MIDNIGHT SWIM on July 9 (9:30pm) at the Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7.Writer/director Sarah Adina Smith will be available after the screening for a Q&A.

AFI Fest Breakthrough Audience Award winner THE MIDNIGHT SWIM focuses on three-half sisters who travel home to settle the affairs of their mother after she goes missing in a haunted lake. Drenched in mystery, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM is a psychodrama with supernatural undertones that has garnered a cult following on the festival circuit, along with numerous awards. Told in faux-documentary style, the film's "...an almost transparent bridge between you and a character's psyche," (Fangoria Magazine). For those who dare to open their minds, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM offers a truly transcendent experience.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/98087074

"I'm drawn towards science fiction because I am interested in the terrible, relentless mechanism that churns this universe," says first time director Sarah Adina Smith. "From what I can tell, suffering is required to keep the machine running, it's a harrowing, unavoidable truth. The bargain seems to be: a near-infinity of loneliness for every spark of love. I like to make movies about people who live with this knowledge breathing down their neck. Which,essentially, means I like to make movies about people we would call "mentally ill."

"THE MIDNIGHT SWIM is an intoxicating film," says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Director of Programming."On one level, it's completely grounded, and deals with family relationships and the strain a death in the family creates. Old grudges resurface, truths get spoken for the first time, and sisters look at their own lives and where they stand in the world. On the other hand, the film is very ethereal, hinting throughout at the world just beyond our understanding, a reality of mystery and imagination, and the possibility of true enlightenment."

Fonté says he had to program this film "if just to celebrate the triumph of a female writer/director working in a genre context and delivering something that is equally creepy and touching. This is a ghost story that really could only be told by this director and the performances she crafts out of this amazing ensemble of women,including Lindsay Burdge, one of my favorite indie actresses, make this one of the most artfully constructed genre films of the year."

"I never set out to make a movie about women, with women," says Smith. "But motherhood is the most terrifying, brave, supernatural thing I can imagine. Two sets of code come together and grow inside a flesh nest. This new life gets spit out with blood and tears, is taught to walk the earth, to speak the language, to find a place in the machine, and then it runs out of steam and dies. Does anyone else think that's fucking crazy?"

On making the film, Smith compares THE MIDNIGHT SWIM to hypnosis more than entertainment. "I guess that's the only thing I think people should know before they see it. I don't feel like I "made" the movie,per se. I feel like the movie was already a thing and I just did my best to help it into the world, to get out of its way. It's really JUNE's movie (the protagonist), not mine. She's strange and quiet, and I love her very much."

Fonté gives the director more credit. "THE MIDNIGHT SWIM is a fantastic indie drama that just happens to play out in the shadow of something other worldly, something we just get glimpses of. It's also one of the most beautifully shot 'found footage' films I've ever seen, and the construct of it being found footage for once makes complete sense."

"SciFi really can contain elements of many other genres," Fonté adds, "and Smith has a fresh, original voice. I can't wait to bring her to Austinto talk about her film with our OWA fans."

Sarah Adina Smith is available for interviews upon request.

Synopsis

When their mother goes missing in Spirit Lake, three half-sisters travel home to settle her affairs. The youngest sister, June, a documentary filmmaker, captures their bittersweet homecoming. But when the sisters jokingly summon a local ghost, their relationship begins to unravel and they find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the true mystery of the lake.

Notices

ENIGMATIC AND FATHOMLESS
--John Anderson, Indiewire

TERRIFIES EXISTENTIALLY
--Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

JUST OPEN UP YOUR MIND AND ENJOY THE RIDE
--Michael Melton, The Film Philosopher

I WAS WRAPPED UP IN THE STORY FROM BEGINNING TO END
--Kristian Horn, Ain't It Cool News

TROUBLINGLY HYPNOTIC
--Tim Evans, Verite Film Magazine

THROBBING,EERIE... UNNERVING
--Nicholas Bell, Ion Cinema

ACUTELY UNSETTLING
--Kurt Halfyard, Twitch Film

GRAND AND VIVID
--Sam Zimmerman, Fangori

A MARVELOUS DESCENT INTO MYTH AND POSSIBLE MADNESS
--Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects

EERIE,MAGICAL, AND SURPRISING
--Robin Burks, Fan Girl Confessions

A DEEPLY CONTEMPLATIVE MOVIE
--Matthew David Surridge, Black Gate

FOLKS WERE RAVING COMING OUT OF THIS
--Jay Seaver, eFilmCrictic

Cast

June....LINDSAY BURDGE (A Teacher)
Annie..JENNIFER LAFLEUR (Do-Deca Pentathalon)
Isa.ALEKSA PALLADINO (Boardwalk Empire)
Josh....ROSS PARTRIDGE (Baghead, The Off Hours)
Amelia.BETH GRANT (No Country for Old Men, The Artist)
RealtorMICHELLE HUTCHISON (Fargo,Thin Ice)
MaggieSHIRLEY VENARD (The Cure)


Writer-Director

SARAH ADINA SMITH

Sarah Adina Smith co-wrote and produced the ensemble apocalypse comedy GOODBYE WORLD,starring Adrian Grenier, Mark Webber, Gaby Hoffmann, and hip-hop star Kid Cudi.The movie was picked up for distribution by Samuel Goldwyn & Phase 4 and opened in theaters this April.

Her award-winning short film THE SIRENS, starring The Chapin Sisters, was purchased by Shorts International for both broadcast and digital distribution. The film received the special jury prize for best screenwriting from the DreamAgo Foundation. In 2008, Sarah directed ONE CUP OF COFFEE, a documentary film on sustainable coffee farming starring Rohan Marley, narrated by Cedella Marleyand featuring the music of their father.

Sarah works as a screenwriter in Los Angeles where she recently finished an adaptation of Paul Theroux's chilling short story, MONKEY HILL. Her next project THE COLONY, a SciFi thriller, is being produced by Night & Day Pictures and is scheduled to shoot in early 2015.

Producers

MARY PAT BENTEL

Mary Pat recently produced LOST IN AUSTIN, a comedy starring Linda Cardellini, Craig Robinson and Skeet Ulrich. Her last feature ANIMALS premiered at SXSW 2014, where it competed in the festival's narrative competition category and won the Special Jury Prize for Courage in Storytelling. She produced GOODBYE WORLD with Sarah prior to that.

Mary Pat has had two films at Sundance Film Festival: UNA HORA POR FAVORA, written and directed by Jill Soloway in 2012, and THE LIE starring Joshua Leonard and Jess Weixler in 2011, which Screen Media distributed theatrically. Mary Pat's produced music videos for high profile bands such as Fitz & The Tantrums,Emilie Simon and Morcheeba, as well as many commercials for clients such as American Express, Belkin and Nike.

Shealso produces art shows, including Hedi Slimane's "California Song" at MOCA and the New Frontier section at 2012's Sundance Film Festival. She just finished producing content for Bruno Mars' Moonshine Jungle Tour and is prepping another film that Joshua Leonard will direct.

JONAKO DONLEY

Jonako Donley is an independent producer based in Los Angeles. Her first feature film, DEAR LEMON LIMA, starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, premiered in competition at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2009 and has screened and won awards at numerous festivals domestically and abroad. She has also produced numerous short films including THE SIRENS, WHITE LIGHT, an adaptation of a Miranda July short story, and SPRING OF SORROW for the ITVS Futurestates series. Her short OLIVE AND MOCHA won Funny of Die's first annual "Make 'em LAFF" competition at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival.

In 2007 Donley co-founded 5432 Films, a new media production company which has produced content for clients like Verizon Wireless, Microsoft and Wrigley's gum. The company launched a premium web series on Comedy Central's Atom.com and penned a development deal with TBS for broadcast/web microseries and with FOXTV Studios to produce and develop multiplatform and TV content. Jonako was born and raised in Los Angeles California and received a BA in Film Studies and Art History from Columbia University and an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC.

Updated: 06/10/2015
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Other Worlds Austin SciFi Screenwriting Contest

Contact

P.O. Box 204295
Austin, TX 78720

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Eric Harrelson, Screenwriting Director

Report Card

Overall: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.0/5.0)
Feedback: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.0/5.0)
Report Cards: 2    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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